Masters of the Universe

Series: Hecklevision

The successful - and strange - “He-Man” animated series and mandatory action figure line channels the power of Hollywood for the 1987 Cannon classic MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE! This special screening is presented in HECKLEVISION: Through the magic of MuVChat technology, your jokes, heckles and commentary are encouraged - in TEXT form! Tap out your wittiest wisecracks with your phone and they'll appear instantly on screen! Each month, special guests will hang out to crack jokes via text with you and a few hundred of your best friends!

If you were an American kid in the 80s, chances are “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (or its spin-off “She-Ra: Princess of Power”) meant a lot to you. The show chronicled the adventures of royal hunk Prince Adam, who fought the evil forces of skeleton-man Skeletor by transforming into a less-clothed hero named He-Man using his Sword of Power and the mysterious energy of Castle Greyskull. Makes sense, right?

Many action figures and playsets later, parents were given the chance to spend even more money on He-Man when the long-awaited film adaptation finally hit theaters. Starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and award-winning actor Frank Langella as Skeletor, the film starts with Skeletor in control of Castle Grayskull. He’s copied a “Cosmic Key” that opens portals to other dimensions using sound, and the heroes attempt to thwart him but have to escape to Earth. Once there, they immediately lose this powerful device and some kids (including Courtney Cox in an early role) find it and mistake it for… a synthesizer. This kicks off a power battle between He-Man and Skeletor for control of this key (and the power of the entire universe, of course), with two high school kids caught up in the mix.

MASTERS is about as coherent as a movie based on He-Man is expected to be, and it does feel like you’re watching adults parade around as action figures in a forgotten eighties metal album cover come to life. The visual effects aren’t bad for a movie that only had a little more than $20 million to spend, and probably the biggest disappointment is that it’s not even cheesier. Once you’ve got Dolph Lundgren in a codpiece and Frank Langella encased in prosthetic makeup fighting over a magical synthesizer, why hold back? (Believe it or not, Langella later said Skeletor was “one of [his] very favorite parts”.)

Notoriously prolific film producers Golan-Globus famously touted MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE as a STAR WARS for the 80s. While it’s a far cry from anything in the original trilogy, the chances are good that you’d rather watch this than Episode 1 or 2 - and anything starring Dolph Lundgren is worth at least 90 minutes of your time!

This event’s special guests:

Ian Durias
David Mascorro
Kelly Richardson
Craig May
Matt Styner
Timothy Blackton

Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill and Deschutes Brewery.



Sunday, February 21